Something New From Something Old
- Publication date
- ca. 1958
- Public Domain
- Houses and homes
- Digitizing sponsor
- Star Bronze Company
Beautiful black and white film about young couple living in a walk-up on the Lower East Side in the 1950's with more love than money.
Young man strips paint from furniture. Couple redecorates small apartment.
Decorating Thrift New York City Decorations couples Home furnishings
- Closed captioning
- United States
- ca. 1958
- Run time
Subject: Great music!
There is one inaccuracy, however. They make stripping paint look fun and that's a chore I'd wish on no one.
Subject: Educational for the Furniture Refinishing n00b
Good little flick. The only problems I had were details. Jack -- if that is his REAL name -- is using paint stripper without proper ventilation, with a closed window *right behind him*!
Neither one of them were wearing goggles.
And Jill was spraypainting an empty frame and later a wooden chair with an open back, with nothing to protect the carpeting or surrounding stuff from stray spraying paint.
Now the REALLY funny/ironic part: I Googled the address given at the end for ordering the booklet -- that box is now assigned to the Environmental Protection Agency! LOL's abound!
Subject: Cute but a little too idealistic
Subject: This Marriage Can't Be Saved
But will their marriage survive? JackÂs started to fix up furniture and sell it to bring in some extra money. Jill seems more conventional of the two. For her, this apartment is just a way station before they move to the suburbs. But JackÂs having a great time wandering around the city looking for old furniture. Plus, he has a new buddyÂa very hipster looking guy, complete with goatee, who runs the local paint store. HeÂs the one who turned Jack onto polyurethane (and who knows what else). JackÂs going to start filling up the apartment with old furniture that he eventually intends to get around to refinishing and itÂs going to drive Jill nuts. SheÂll divorce Jack, move back to Long Island, marry a dentist and open an interior decorating business. Jack will stay in the city and enjoy the sixties counter-culture thatÂs just around the corner.
Subject: This old film about this old apartment
Subject: Wait... I'm not supposed to buy new things!?
Lots of helpful tips on how to do this, and ends with telling you how to order booklets to tell you more. I can't help wonder, though, about all the fumes from paint and paint thinner in that tiny apartment.
Ends with the idea that the apartment has more individuality than if they'd just bought everything new. Hurray! Jack and Jill don't escape to the 'burbs, and they do all right.